The CWAG Alliance Partnership is a cooperative program involving the Conference of Western
Attorneys General (CWAG), Council of State Governments, National Association of Attorneys
General (NAAG), the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law
Enforcement Affairs (INL), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
and other public and private entities aimed at strengthening the legal systems of both the United
States and Mexico.
CWAG Alliance Partnership projects focus on such initiatives as reinforcing court systems with
greater efficiency and transparency; running training programs that promote a consistent
application of Rule of Law disciplines, such as oral advocacy; and promoting collaboration
among state attorneys general from both countries.
Binational exchanges and workshops organized through CWAG in conjunction with NAAG,
Mexico's Federal Attorney General's Office, Mexico's National Conference of Attorneys
General and Mexico state attorneys general help establish and nurture cross-jurisdictional
cooperation on many law enforcement issues, from consumer fraud and piracy to drug trafficking
and money laundering. The ultimate goal is to ensure that law enforcement and judicial officials
are able to work together in ways that apply a consistent Rule of Law focus across jurisdictions
in U.S. and Mexican states.
A Track Record of Success
Since its establishment in 2006, the CWAG Alliance Partnership has achieved unprecedented
tangible results on both sides of the border. A decade of collaborative efforts between the states
of New Mexico and Chihuahua, for example, inspired a promising template for state-to-state
skill focused trainings. The cultivation of expanded relationships led to bi-national efforts such
as the New Mexico State Legislature enacting legislation aimed at criminalizing human
trafficking; Arizona and several other state legislatures are now considering similar legislation.
Colorado's training efforts with Mexico led to a joint ICE-Colorado Attorney General's Office
apprehension of a murder fugitive and, in a multi-jurisdictional effort led by former Arizona
Attorney General Terry Goddard, to a $50 million money laundering settlement.
Highlights for 2013
This year backed by a vigorous infusion of $2 million in funding from INL the CWAG Alliance Partnership will train more than 1,200 members of the Mexican legal and law enforcement communities. Eighteen capacity-building trainings for prosecutors from states in Northern Mexico will be carried out between January and September of 2013, through live in-person instruction, as well as via distance learning technology. Other activities will include case consultations by U.S. state prosecutors, which allow for individualized case support for Mexican prosecutors preparing their cases for oral trial; office administration reviews conducted by administrative professionals from U.S. prosecutors' offices, offering work flow analysis and suggestions; and a prosecutorial justice forum, bringing prosecutors together with the members of the communities they serve to share information about the new system of criminal justice.
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